Records were broken and PRs crushed this past weekend as some of the nation’s fastest high school track & field athletes competed in the 4th annual Brooks PR Invitational at Seattle’s Shoreline Stadium.
The meet kicked off with the girls 2-mile run, as Anna Rohrer from Mishikawa, Ind., snagged the win in 9:59.96, making her the first Indiana high school girl to break the 10-minute barrier. Rohrer, who won the 2014 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships last fall, out-kicked junior Destiny Collins of Temecula, Calif., in the final 200 meters.
“I knew it would be really tough, ” said Rohrer, who will attend Notre Dame in the fall. “But coming in the last lap with Destiny right there—I know she ran a 9:53—so I was just going to try to hang onto her.”
The boys 2-mile also had a stacked field of tough competitors, including reigning champion and meet-record holder Grant Fisher, who ran 3:59.38 at the Nike Festival of Miles in St. Louis earlier this month. The recent graduate of Grand Blanc High School in Michigan was looking to add another win to his impressive resume, but it wasn’t meant to be. Andrew Hunter, a junior from Loudoun Valley High School, let out a victorious yell as he broke the tape in 8:42.51, out-battling Fisher—who finished second—in the final 100 meters.
“He ran a spectacular race,” Hunter said of Fisher, his roommate for the event. “I may have crossed the finish line first, but I think Grant deserves just as much credit as me.”
Fisher finished in 8:43.57, a new PR. The two will both be competing at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., which starts on June 25.
“Hopefully I’ll get a little better result next week,” Fisher said, looking ahead to the USATF Junior Championships. “I guess this [Brooks PR Invitational] is a little bit of a driving force for me. It lets me know that 1. My fitness is really high, and 2. That nothing is guaranteed and I gotta go out to every race and bring my A-game.”
Other wins included 16-year-old Candace Hill’s impressive 100m win, clocking in at 10.98 seconds, the fastest time ever run by a high school girl, the fourth fastest time run by any American woman this year and tenth fastest time run by any woman in the world in 2015. The Rockdale County high schooler from Georgia was both shocked and ecstatic, mirroring the crowd’s reaction as they anticipated the announcement of her official time.
The meet closed with the 1-mile, as Ella Donaghu from Portland, Ore., won the girls race in 4:43.07 and Paul Ryan from Logos Christian High School in Idaho won the boys race in 4:07.97.